Barley couscous & prawn tabbouleh

Barley couscous & prawn tabbouleh

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2

Crunchy cucumber and juicy nectarines add a freshness to this high-fibre, healthy lunch - for a veggie version, swap the prawns for cashews or pecans.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal393
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre9g
  • protein17g
  • salt1g
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  • 125g barley couscous
  • zest 1 lemon, juice of ½



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • ½ small pack dill, finely chopped
  • good handful mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 2 nectarines, chopped



    A smooth-skinned variety of peach native to China, similarly flavoured to peaches with slightly…

  • 125g peeled prawns, or a handful of cashews or pecans for a vegetarian version.



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…


  1. Tip the couscous into a bowl and pour over just enough boiling water to cover, following pack instructions. Leave for no more than 5 mins, drain thoroughly, then fluff up with a fork and tip into a bowl. Stir in the lemon zest and juice with the oil, dill and mint, then add the cucumber and nectarines.

  2. Toss through the prawns or nuts and serve on plates or pack into lunch containers.

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7th Jun, 2015
My husband has a shellfish allergy - what can I use instead of prawns? Also, I haven't been able to find any barley cous cous, what is the best substitute? Thanks!
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14th Jun, 2015
The recipe suggests nuts (maybe cashews or pecans) as a substitute for the prawns. I'm going to use ordinary couscous instead of barley :)
14th Jun, 2015
I would use grilled chicken breast torn into pieces instead of the prawns. You can find barley couscous (Belazu brand) in Sainsburys, Waitrose and online via Ocado but that's about it, even health food shops don't stock it, so just use normal wholewheat couscous instead.
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